Welcome to Apache Peak 71, aka ”Tierra de Grandes Vistas” (”Land of Big Views” in Spanish) a 29,715 s. f. custom lot at approximately 3,300′ on the flanks of 4,511′ high Apache Peak in the Continental Mountains on the northern edge of Scottsdale, AZ, in Desert Mountain, an 8,200 acre, thirty-four-year-old, nationally prominent master planned community with a membership optional, golf and outdoor recreational club in it, the ”Desert Mountain Club”. The ”big views” are protected, range out to over eighty miles, and include the Superstition Mountains, the McDowell Mountains, a very wide swath of the valley floor roughly thirty-five miles away and dazzling after dark thanks to hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights; an uphill view of nearby Apache Peak, and awesome winter sunsets.
Golf is a “big deal” at Desert Mountain, and full golf Members enjoy six Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf courses; one par-54 course with eighteen par-3s, four practice ranges; and a high-tech teaching and club-fitting facility. Other on-property outdoor recreation opportunities, for all Members include tennis, hiking, swimming, bocce, pickleball, trail-oriented horseback riding, and croquet.
Seven clubhouses serve the needs of the Members, including the Sonoran Clubhouse, a truly amazing swim (three pools), tennis (nine courts, including one grass, five Har-Tru, and three cushioned surface hard courts), fitness, and spa facility with a grill restaurant. It enjoyed a $12,000,000 renovation in 2016. The following summer saw six pickleball courts, two bocce courts, and two croquet courts added. It is now perhaps the premier facility of its type in the Southwest. The Club’s nine dining venues offer a wide variety of food, wine, and atmospheres. No coats and ties required! The Club’s membership is catered to relentlessly by an attentive staff and Concierge, providing unparalleled service. The place is “phenomenal”, so good, three multi-million-dollar lottery winners have chosen Desert Mountain as the place they want to live.
As stated, membership in the Club is optional, but since the Club is the emotional, physical, and social “core” of the place, the opportunity to be a Member of the Club is a significant part of the attraction of living in Desert Mountain for most property owners. Several membership programs exist, available subject to supply and demand and upon successful application to the Club. A wait list may apply for all Membership categories after a required thirty-day Membership application review and approval process. Contact the Club prior to writing a property purchase contract. The Club is very highly regarded within the world of Private Clubs, and there is an ambitious plan in place to update all the Club’s major facilities over the next few years in order to provide an even better experience for its Members.
Desert Mountain is contiguous to the Tonto National Forest, the fourth largest in the country. There is a twenty-mile private trail system in these mountains for exclusive use of Desert Mountain residents. The top elevation is 4,890′, highest in all of Maricopa County. As a result, Desert Mountain is a place of surpassing scenic beauty with long-range, panoramic views of Phoenix, Scottsdale, the entire “Valley of the Sun”, many mountain ranges near and far, and, of course, Arizona’s famous sunrises and sunsets! It now has just over 1,900 finished homes ranging in size from 1,800 to over 20,000 square feet with listed homes ranging in price from about $1,300,000 to $16,500,000. Owners have invested over $30,000,000 in individual homes. It has attracted full-and part-time residents from all over North America, Great Britain, and western Europe. The weather is famously sunny, and our risk of natural disasters is extremely low. Being higher and somewhat removed from the city means the stars are bright at night and the air is typically much cleaner than what lies over the Valley. For you readers thinking Arizona is too hot in the summer to enjoy year ’round living, a home at 3,300′ would make for a fabulous climate twelve-months of the year, given the lack of humidity and the way the desert loses its heat when the sun goes down in the summer.
Relative to more local locational concerns, day-to-day shopping needs for Desert Mountain owners are well-handled within about a ten-minute drive by the merchants in the nearby towns of Carefree and Cave Creek. There are approximately 69 restaurants and bars within about sixteen minutes’ drive of Desert Mountain’s Front Gate. The Phoenix/Scottsdale area is famous for world-class medical care (a Mayo Clinic and Mayo Hospital are here), shopping, major league and collegiate sports, terrific air service (Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is routinely less than a forty-minute drive from the Front Gate), and a wide variety of cultural attractions. Desert Mountain is within two and a half hours of normally excellent snow skiing in Flagstaff. Its location in the southwestern part of the United States affords easy access by air or car to the entire American West, with especially easy access to San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and a plethora of unbelievably beautiful places in Southern Utah. “Paradise” does not overstate it.
There is no requirement to build in Desert Mountain, and an owner can choose any architect or builder with which to work. 2020 real estate taxes were only $1,405. A home on this lot would be a wonderful, quiet, safe place in remarkable surroundings to relax, get refreshed, rejuvenated, and reacquainted, with oneself, one’s spouse and children, or good friends in for a few days as houseguests. Memorable experiences await at every turn. Against this backdrop, “Tierra de Grandes Vistas” represents an unusually nice opportunity and value. We look forward to showing it to you someday and helping you learn about the community, the Club, and the area!
Photos & Listing Courtesy of RE/MAX Fine Properties – Davis Driver